Ezekiel Emanuel had an interesting essay in The Atlantic this fall on why he wants to die at 75. Basically - by then he think he'll have lived a full life and doesn't want to be a burden on his family and loved ones. Researchers find that as life expectancy rises there is an increase in 'the absolute number of years lot to disability' which is not surprising - as we get older, we get sicker. Health care, Emanuel argues, is not slowing the aging process, it's merely slowing the dying process. I think the health care system is deeply broken in regards to its approach to end of life care and promoting immortality is poor policy and poor science. But Emanuel may over sell the point. Certainly 75-year-olds shouldn't assume to live as they did at age 30 or 50, but isn't there something to be said for embracing the vulnerabilities and wisdom that come with growing old? Isn't there something to be said for younger generations investing in and caring for their parents and grandparents?